Education law for parents

Our education law solicitors provide a range of education law advice for parents including: SEND advice, EHC plans, school admissions appeals, challenging exclusions and independent review panel hearings.

Polly Kerr, Royston
Polly Kerr, family and school specialist in Royston

Specialist education law solicitors

Finding your way through the education maze to get what your child needs, can feel like an uphill struggle. We’re here to guide and support you, to help you get the best possible outcome for your child.

Our education law specialist, Polly Kerr, is an expert SEND lawyer with a national reputation. She has acted for many parents and is increasingly recognised for her expertise in dealing with complex cases and her tenacity in addressing provision for children and young people with SEND. Polly has been a governor of a special needs school for over two years and a governor at two mainstream lower schools for over a decade. She has an in-depth understanding of the issues and is committed to a pragmatic approach to education law to achieve the best possible results in a timely fashion and without incurring unnecessary cost. 

Our education law services

We can help with:

  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disability issues relating to education 
  • obtaining or challenging provision under an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), including tribunal appeals
  • supporting you at independent review panel hearings
  • supporting you to take a decision to judicial review
  • admissions appeals
  • challenging exclusions
  • safeguarding concerns
  • discrimination in educational settings
  • breaches of contract by independent schools
  • disputes regarding student loans.

Examples of recent education law cases

  • Judicial Review – refusal to convene a Governors’ Disciplinary Committee, leading to challenge of a Local Authority and Department for Education
  • prosecution under Section 444 EA96 – failure to ensure a child’s attendance at school
  • particularly complex sexual assault case involving a vulnerable child attending special school
  • damages arising from exposure of children to pornography or oversexualised behaviour at school
  • failure to supervise and breach of contract – PGCE Student
  • failure to supervise – PhD student
  • school transport challenge.

If you’ve tried to sort out a problem with your child’s school yourself and not managed to get anywhere, give us a call for a free and confidential discussion about how we can help. You’ll find us friendly and easy to talk to.

Our specialist lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston 

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

Call our Education Law solicitors on 0800 0131165

For a free initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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Legal 500 UK 2021 / Public Sector - Education

‘The practice is very thorough and communicates and executes very well.’ Legal 500 UK 2021, South East - Public Sector - Education

Legal 500 UK 2021 / Rising Star

‘Polly Kerr is very knowledgeable, always helpful, goes the extra mile and good communicator.’
Legal 500 UK 2021, South East - Public Sector - Education

Legal 500 UK 2021 / Rising Star

‘Polly Kerr was excellent. She went above and beyond to help us. She really believed in my son’s cause and gave us excellent advice – not just legal, also personal so that we could present our case as effectively as possible.’
Legal 500 UK 2021, South East - Public Sector - Education
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